A day in Washington D.C.: Heat Wave edition!
Washington D.C., Thursday 14th July 2016
post by: Alice
From the 14th to the 16th, our trip took us to Bethesda, a town near Washington D.C. We were hosted by an amazing woman: Millie (you can find out who Millie is by checking the end of our previous article). We planned to spend the first day in Washington and to go see Georgetown University. If we still had time, we’d see then what to do. The weather kind of decided for us…
On the first day of our trip in Washington D.C., breakfast was spent with our host Millie. We went to Le Pain Quotidien, which is a French brand of restaurants. I sometimes go there in Paris, because they have delicious vegan dishes and an awesome apple&blackcurrant juice! Then Millie drove us to Bethesda Metro Station so we could go to Washington D.C.
Washington killer heat wave
Washington was not necessarily the place I absolutely wanted to see, but I was excited to discover the famous city of the White House.
Well, let me tell you… It was a mistake to go there in the summer! It was so hot I had difficulties breathing. I’m not a particularly fragile woman (I’ve traveled to India in the summer, Thailand during monsoon, etc.), but the heat was so brutal I thought my lungs would fail me! It was up to 100°F or 37°C… Truth be told, I didn’t even want to be there in these conditions… but we felt we should at least try to see some cool stuff.
If you want to enjoy the city at its best, you should really visit in late March-beginning of April when you can see the beautiful cherry blossoms in Washington DC!
The Smithsonian Institution
The Smithsonian Visitor Venter was a pretty nice introduction to the Smithsonian museums.
Next was the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. I adored this place, and so did Simone. We could have stayed all day! It was huge and incredibly rich in information. The scenography was very well done and I couldn’t get enough of it. It was pretty crowded though, so we skipped a few attractions because we didn’t want to do much queue. The gift shop was also great and if we weren’t on a budget I would have spent a lot of money !!
The last museum we visited was the American Indian Museum. It was pretty great even though we didn’t spend too much time over there. I learned a lot of things, including some native myths. I really enjoyed seeing all the flags of the American Indian nations that I didn’t know at all!
After getting a short reprieve from the heat at Starbucks, we walked to the White House. It was the end of the afternoon so the temperature was getting less awful. It was somewhat anti-climactic, but we stayed a bit to look around and enjoy the life of Washington.
escaping the heat wave…
There was a lot of cars in traffic, we felt happy we weren’t commuters! Instead, we walked to the closest Metro station to go back to Bethesda. Even though we hadn’t seen everything you should see there, we tried to make the most of our day in Washington D.C. because we knew we’d probably not brave the heat of the city again in these three days…
Millie picked us up and we all went to a very good Indian restaurant. It was 5pm, so extremely early for us to have dinner but we were starving and it was delicious, so no big deal !!
Back home, we rested and then went for a late swim in the pool. This was perfect to cool down after this hot day in Washington. The pool was surrounded by the house on one side, and the forest on the other. It was pretty amazing…